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SBY to receive honor from
UK Queen

Queen Elizabeth II is set to honor President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by awarding him the prestigious Honorary Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath during the President’s three-day state visit to Britain.

The award is the highest rank of one of the oldest orders of British chivalry, whose previous recipients include world leaders such as former US President Ronald Reagan, former French President Jacques Chirac and Turkish President Abdullah Gül, presidential foreign affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said on Monday.

“There will be no special ceremony to bestow the award. The Queen will only show it to the President in a display room after lunch on [Wednesday] Oct. 31,” he told reporters.

Yudhoyono, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and their entourage will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base in East Jakarta to London on Tuesday.

Yudhoyono has been included in the Queen’s guest list in the celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. The invitation of Queen Elizabeth II to Yudhoyono was directly given by Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited Indonesia in April.

President Yudhoyono and his entourage will stay at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen and her family.

In London, Yudhoyono will have another bilateral meeting with Cameron. He will also be meeting with other top figures such as the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles; British Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband.

Yudhoyono will also lead the second meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-Millennium Development Goals. Yudhoyono, Cameron, as well as Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson are co-chairs of the panel.

The panel’s meeting in London will be the second after the first held on the sidelines of the UN’s 67th General Assembly session in New York, last month.

Yudhoyono’s UK visit will mark 33 years since the visits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to Indonesia.

On Nov. 3, Yudhoyono and his delegation will leave London for Vientiane, Laos, to attend the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

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